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Sewage spill soils Sunnyside Boat Ramp

The release of 5 million gallons of raw sewage into the Naugatuck River in Waterbury washed up at the Sunnyside Boat Ramp on the Housatonic River in Shelton Thursday, Oct. 26.

Dozens of fish were killed because of the spill, blamed on a power failure.

Heavy rains washed the sewage, which has been getting caught on rocks and the shore of the Naugatuck, into the Housatonic River.

Click here to read the Shelton Herald’s coverage.

Housatonic, youth fishing topics May 16

Harold MacMillanHarold MacMillan of Housatonic River Outfitters will discuss late spring and summer fishing on the river in northwestern Connecticut when he visits the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

Teen Devin Brandes will also speak about his initiative, You Can Fly, which teaches youths from Bridgeport and other areas how to fly fish.

The meeting at Port 5 Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport, is open to the public free of charge; food and a cash bar are available. Tuesday night’s meeting will also include the election of officers for Nutmeg TU.

MacMillan has more than 30 years of fly fishing experience and has traveled to Russia and Belize, but his talk will focus on spots closer to Fairfield County. Cool water refuges make for strong trout fishing in late spring and early summer, and smallmouth bass are ready to put a bend in a rod when air temperatures make it too hot to target trout.

Housatonic River Outfitters Inc. is a full-service fly shop, outfitter, and lodging and guide service at 24 Kent Road in Cornwall Bridge, at the junction of routes 44 and 7. The shop is located on the Housatonic River, famous for some of the most prolific mayfly and caddis hatches in the East. More information may be found at dryflies.com.

The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring a fishing trip and barbecue at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Cornwall Bridge on Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. To register visit mianustu.org.

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited 217 encompasses Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton,  Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, and Shelton. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock, and Farmill. More information may be found at nutmegtrout.org.

Biologist shares info on big fish

Mike Humphreys, the DEEP Inland Fisheries Biologist for the western district, will speak at the next meeting of Nutmeg TU, set for Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport.

Mike is a longtime fish biologist, holding a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee with more than 30 years in his profession.

His topics will include updates on the Housatonic River, focusing on trout in the Cornwall TMA, and an assessment on wild trout in Connecticut streams, as well as the latest information about the effects of the recent drought on fish in the state.

In past 25 years with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, his work has focused on Statewide Stream Electrofishing Surveys, a Statewide Wild Trout Research and Management Project, and Housatonic River Research and Management.

During previous, well attended visits, Humphreys spoke to Nutmeg TU about his findings on trout survival with run of river in the Housatonic TMAs, various fish stocking programs, and regulation changes for some sections of the Mill River.

Paul Dinice will Speak at the October Meeting

Paul Dinice will share his expertise on Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic at the next meeting of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The meeting will be held at The Original Vazzy’s, 513 Broadbridge Road, Bridgeport, and is open to the public.  Pizza and a cash bar are available.

Dinice, 62, is a lifelong Derby resident who began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age, thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on his one day off a week. In 1980 Dinice’s fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In 1985 he made his first foray into salt water fly fishing.

He is a member of virtually every fly fishing club and organization in Connecticut and involved in environmentally based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Coastal Conservation Association. His home organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association, and for 35 years he has written the Fly of the Month for the HFFA newsletter and website. His closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine.

Dinice contributed photographs and writings about fishing the Housatonic to the book Over-Winter Striper Secrets by Capt. Al Anderson. He has also organized numerous small fly fishing expos in Connecticut. Dinice is a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and has been employed by the Town of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 36 years.

The Oct. 18 presentation to Nutmeg TU will focus on the Housatonic River. Learn how an angler can catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires, then travel an hour south to the river mouth between Stratford and Milford and catch striped bass the same day. The slide show covers fishing locations on the “lower” Housy from the Ousatonic Dam in Derby to the Long Island Sound. Dinice will cover river access points, fishing gear, flies/baitfish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen. He will have a limited number of  A Guide to Stripers n the Housatonic.cape-cod-8-12-to-8-16-b-019

Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited 217 encompasses Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton,  Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford and Shelton. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock and Farmill. More information can be found at nutmegtrout.org.